The New Year Resolution Book Tag | Tag Thursdays

I came across this tag on amyleighreads and I really really enjoyed the tag and her responses. It still feels like the year has just turned and there’s room for me to make some resolutions for sure!

So, let’s get down to it:

An author you’d like to read that you’ve never read:

Elizabeth Acevedo

Not only do her books sound so interesting, but she’s also a Prinz and Pura Belpre award winning author! I think it’s about time I read some of her books.

She writes contemporary realistic fiction, which isn’t necessarily one of my go-to genres, but her work sounds really diverse and culturally different from me, so it would be nice to read from this different point of view.

A book you’d like to read:

Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín

I bought this book when the movie adaptation came out and I still haven’t read it! I really want to. Something about it keeps calling to me. It sits on my shelf waiting for me to pick it up. The movie adaptation was really good (yes, I saw it before reading the book, I’m not proud), so I’m curious to see how the book is.

I’ve committed to the #startonyourshelfathon and so it’s the perfect opportunity for me to actually take the book off the shelf and read it.

A classic you would like to read:

Persuasion by Jane Austen

I’m a big Jane Austen fan, but no I haven’t read all of her works. This book has been on my TBR for so long! I actually haven’t even seen an adaptation of this book, either, which is something of a miracle, since I watch adaptations of Austen works all the time! Maybe because this isn’t one of her more popular works, it doesn’t get a lot of attention. But I think the premise sounds interesting and I own the book, so I’d like to make it a goal to read it this year.

A book you’d like to re-read:

The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

This book really, really wowed me when I first read it. I’d never read anything like it. I wanted to read it right over again, but I didn’t. I purchased the book as soon as it came out and it’s been sitting on my shelf calling for another read. I think I’ll save it for October, the spookiest of months, since it is a murder mystery.

If you haven’t read the book, I highly recommend it. So, so good!

A book you have had for ages and want to read:

Oh boy! We’ll I’ve already listed a couple! But in this case, I’ll say:

Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang

Again, another instance of a book I bought after seeing an adaptation (in this case, the adaptation was of one of the stories in this collection – The Arrival). I love reading science fiction and Chiang seems to be a favorite, with lots of high-rated reviews.

I cannot wait to pick this book up. Even if I have to divide the book up by reading just one story a day, I swear I will read this book this year!

A big book you’d like to read:

The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood

Luckily enough, I have a couple of my reading challenges have prompts for me to read a 500+ page book.

Normally long books aren’t my fave, since I am a slow reader. But Atwood is such a good writer that I figure if anyone is worth my time reading 500+ pages, it’s her! This book also sounds really interesting and I’m quite looking forward to seeing what it’s all about.

An author you have previously read and would like to read more of:

Thomas Hardy

I’ve read Hardy’s Tess of the D’Urbervilles and loved it. And I haven’t read any more from him, even though I’ve had Far from the Madding Crowd on my TBR for a while. I hope to read that book this year so that I can finally, finally see the adaptation of it. Man, all those trailers just made me realize how much I need to read this book, and yet I still haven’t. Let it be this year!

A book you got for Christmas and would like to read:

Well this is awkward…I didn’t actually get any books for Christmas…I would always like to, but I’m probably a hard person to buy books for since I don’t often stick to niche areas or genres. Maybe next year!

A series you want to read from start to finish:

I don’t know if I can actually manage to read a whole series in one year, but if I do, I’d like it to be the Scythe trilogy by Neal Shusterman.

I have to read the first book for a class and so I might as well see what all the fuss is about. One of my best friends has read these books and loves them, so I’m hoping I’ll feel the same and perhaps that love will carry me through to the end.

A series you want to finish that you’ve already started:

The Agency Series by Y.S. Lee

I started reading this series years ago. I’ve slowly been catching up. All I have left is Rivals in the City, but I’m a bit sad to be at the end.

I love Mary Quinn and I really enjoy reading these books. They’re diverse, they’re set in Victorian London, and they’ve got a really sweet romance. I think Lee is a great writer and it will definitely be bittersweet to come to the end of this series.

Thoughts & Thanks!

Wow, this was such a fun tag to do! I’m really looking forward to reading the books I plan to read this year, those in this tag and others. What are some of your reading resolutions for this year? Share some in the comments!

And as always, happy reading!

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